Home Improvement Blogs – Calgary

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4 Kitchen Countertop Materials for HomesUpon determining it is time to renovate the kitchen, homeowners must decide just what countertop material to use. With the right surface, the countertops can act as the focal point of this space and perfectly tie everything together. The surface also matters when it comes to utility, as it acts as the work surface for all the kitchen activities. For that reason, finding the perfect countertop material is well worth the time and effort it takes—and this guide aims to help.


Since its development in the 1940s, laminate countertops have been a staple in kitchens all across Canada and beyond. Although they were once made of cheap plastic, advancements have resulted in the creation of high-pressure laminates that are both robust and

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3 Ways to Take Care of Your HVAC SystemSome Upper Mount Royal homeowners may know their home has an HVAC system but not know exactly what it is. HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and from that name, it’s easy to see what makes it so important to a home. An HVAC system keeps a home cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and moves air around so it doesn’t get stale. Like any sort of household appliance, it’s easy to forget that it’s a machine that needs occasional maintenance—especially if it’s located outside the home where it isn’t seen very often. If a homeowner doesn’t take care of their HVAC machine, it could break down, and that would cause many problems in extreme weather conditions. To prevent this from happening, here are some easy ways for homeowners to

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4 Great Lighting Ideas For Your HomeWhen decorating an Upper Mount Royal home , most people think almost exclusively about furniture. Sofas and tables and chairs are all extremely important for completing a home’s unique look, but homeowners often don’t think very much about lighting beyond an accent lamp or two. Lighting is extremely important in homes, as it can drastically change the mood in a room and give it a new feeling with very little work. Here are some popular ways to use lighting in different rooms around the home that homeowners should try playing around with and using in their own homes.

Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Lighting in a kitchen is extremely important because no one wants any accidents to occur while making dinner due to not having enough light. For kitchens, a

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If You're Organizing Your Garage, Here's What You Should KnowIt's good to organize your West Hillhurst garage every so often because garages can so easily become messy and cluttered. Particularly if you want to put your car in the garage, or if you want to sell your home soon, it's smart to get your garage organized and tidy. These tips can help.

Make a Plan

For any home improvement project, having a plan in place before beginning the work makes it easier to get through the job. To make a plan, answer the following questions:

  • What is the goal?
  • What is in the garage that can go?
  • What should be kept?
  • What needs to be organized?
  • How many people need to help?
  • How long should this take?
  • Which tools will be needed to do the job?

It's not always necessary to have a written plan in

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4 Window Types You Should Know AboutWhen purchasing a new construction home, the buyer has a certain amount of power when it comes to making decisions for what the home will have. From the wood used to make cupboards to the type of doorknobs on each of the doors, buyers can choose a lot of what will go into their new home. One of the bigger things a buyer can choose is the type of windows that will be installed in the home. There are many different types of windows buyers can choose from that can drastically change how a home looks. Here are some of the different types of windows and what sets them apart from each other.

Single- and Double-Hung Windows

The most common window choice for homes is the simple single-hung or double-hung window. The difference between the two is how they

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Taking care of septic systems is good for the environment & the wallet.Many homes, particularly those in rural areas, still use septic systems to treat wastewater from the home. It's important to know the difference - especially if a home buyer is considering purchasing a home with a septic system. A septic system is a self-contained wastewater treatment system that uses microbes to break down material. Septic systems consist of four main components:

  • The Pipes from the home. This carries the wastewater out and away from the home.
  • The Tank. The septic tank holds the wastewater underground while it breaks down.
  • The Drain field. Partially treated wastewater is pushed down into the drain field as more wastewater enters the septic tank.
  • Soil. The soil performs the final cleaning of any remaining contaminants,
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Tips for Understanding Mortgage Rates for Home BuyingMortgage rates are assigned to each homebuyer according to their financial history and the federal interest cap. And while it's impossible to do anything about the latter, Roxboro new home buyers may be able to save money on the former once they know how the rates are determined. Canadian real estate has inflated in the past decade, leaving lenders to come up with new ways to protect themselves from default without alienating their customers. See how everything from amortization formulas to credit scores factor into an interest rate.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed mortgage professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Interest Is Key

In the first months of paying a loan, buyers are

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Easy and Affordable Ways to Upgrade Home CabinetryThose not into that retro look but without a lot of money to spend on renovating an entire room may want to look into how small changes can improve the look of a space. When it comes to home cabinetry in high-traffic areas like the kitchen, it is relatively easy to make affordable upgrades to create a space that is more attractive and functional. Upgraded kitchens often help sell a home more quickly and for more money. Explore a few home cabinetry improvement projects today.

Homeowners Looking for ROI

Even though homeowners looking to get a high return on investment (ROI) often renovate their kitchens, average costs for a kitchen renovation can vary. The extent of the project, the quality of the materials, the size of the kitchen and when a home

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Building a Home AdditionInstead of buying a new home, many current homeowners consider adding an addition onto the existing home. There are a few factors to consider before constructing a home addition. In order to legally construct a home addition that meets specific needs, there are a few areas worth looking into, as not doing so may create safety hazards and make it harder to sell a home. Explore how to construct an addition that will meet necessary requirements and homeowner preferences.

Start a Wish List

Begin composing a list of all that is wanted, keeping in mind the problems to be solved or goals to be achieved. Some desires homeowners may have include increasing space in an area or having better space and access for entertaining. Ranking improvements in

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What to Do When You Can't Afford Home RepairsRegardless of the home's age or the quality of its craftsmanship, it will need repairs at some point. But not all homeowners take the same approach when it comes to repairs or maintenance. They may discount the importance of minor damage, or they may not have the money or the time to devote to it. When a homeowner can't keep to the ideal schedule, they can rely on remediation to reduce the consequences, whether it is a DIY project or one done by professionals. Here are a few tips to coming out ahead for homeowners to reduce the consequences.

Start Early

Remediation starts with understanding how a home operates on a daily basis. Homeowners don't have to take electrician or plumbing classes, but they should know the general configuration of their

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